Thursday, June 16, 2005


Cities must constantly reinvent themselves. Smart and creative planning are the best ways for cities to ensure that they'll thrive for years to come. Excessive regulation, short-sighted planning and a static way of looking at problems are no way to help a city grow and flourish.

From the Goldwater Institute, Joel Kotkin writes a fascinating study of Phoenix, Arizona...

This view ignores the remarkable and perhaps unlikely success the region has enjoyed. The greater Phoenix area has had one of the highest job growth rates in the country, far outpacing cities such as Houston, San Jose, and Seattle during the last few years. Moreover, this growth has come while maintaining a low cost of living, roughly 25 percent below places like San Diego. Due to this, Phoenix’s average annual wage is worth more than the average wage in places like Portland, Boston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. The region also has one of the highest homeownership rates in the country, more than twice that of New York or Boston.

Goldwater Institute - Phoenix Rising: A City of Aspiration


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